“Ibn Battutah (in full Abu Abd Allah Muhhammad ibn Abd Allah al-Lawati al-Tanji ibn Battutah (1304-1368/69) Medieval Arab traveler. He received a traditional juristic and literary education in Tangier. After a pilgrimage to Mecca (1325), he decided to visit as many parts of the world as possible, vowing “never to travel any road a second time.” His 27-year wanderings through Africa, Asia and Europe covered some 75,000 miles (120,000 kilometers). On his return, he dictated his reminiscences, which became one of the world’s most famous travel books, the Rihlah.”
Excerpted from: Stevens, Mark A., Ed. Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Encyclopedia. Springfield, Massachusetts: Merriam-Webster, 2000.